What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chodron_If we learn to open our hearts

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

– Pema Chödrön

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

– Isaac Asimov

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

– Francis Bacon

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The temple of love is not love itself. True love is the treasure, not the walls around it.

– Rumi

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To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.

– Confucius

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Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

– Peter Drucker

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker

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He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.

– Lao Tzu

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The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.

– Søren Kierkegaard

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